ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Thursday remanded former senator Faisal Raza Abidi into the police’s custody for two days.
Judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi of ATC I was hearing the case filed a day earlier by the secretariat police.
The ATC granted Abidi’s physical remand in the case that according to the First Information Report (FIR), includes Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).
Earlier today, the Islamabad High Court rejected former senator Faisal Raza Abidi’s petition to dismiss terror charges against him.
While hearing the plea, Justice Moshin Akhtar Kayani remarked that the judiciary and chief justice were being openly threatened. “The attitude of threatening the judiciary is wrong,” he observed.
When asked whether his client was guilty of contempt, Abidi’s lawyer denied the charge. “My client only used harsh words, he did not commit contempt of court,” the lawyer said.
In a terrorism case filed by the secretariat police on September 19, Judge Shahrukh Arjumand of ATC II rejected a plea to grant a bail extension to Abidi.
The court had granted an interim bail to the accused on October 2 which expired today.
The former senator was arrested by the secretariat police on October 10 after he appeared before the Supreme Court’s two-judge bench for a contempt case against him.
Three cases have been registered against Abidi under various sections of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).
The first two cases were registered on September 19 at the Secretariat Police Station and the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Cyber Crime Circle.
Abidi was charged under the sections 10(a), 11, and 20 of the Prevention of the Electronic Crime Act, 2016 along with 109 and 506 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) in the FIR registered by FIA’s Cyber Crime Circle.
The third case was registered on October 10 at the Secretariat Police Station, following which Abidi was arrested. –Web Desk